Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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CLECKINBROD, Cleckenbrod, n. “A board for striking with at hand-ball” (Lth. 1808 Jam.). Cf. Clackan. Sc. 1821 Blackwood's Mag. (Aug.) 34:
At one time nothing is to be seen in the hands of the boys but cleckenbrods.

[O.Sc. has clekan, clekken, cleking, a shuttlecock, of obscure origin (D.O.S.T.), and the name of the board used in games with shuttlecocks may have been transferred to that used in ball games. It may, however, be merely imitative of the sound produced by the impact of the ball on the wooden bat, cf. Du. klakken, to strike loudly, and O.H.Ger. kleckan, M.H.Ger. klecken, id. (Kluge s.v. erklecklich).]

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"Cleckinbrod n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 14 Apr 2021 <>



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